Dubai, UAE; February xx, 2014: The sixth edition of the annual Emirates Classic Car Festival will be held in Downtown Dubai, the flagship mega-development of Emaar Properties, from February 27 to March 3, 2014. The much-awaited event will feature a wider range of classic cars and motorbikes that will enthrall classic car lovers, automobile enthusiasts, motorcycle aficionados and the general public.
Organised by Emaar Properties, this year, the Emirates Classic Car Festival features a line-up of around 250 classic cars and motorbikes, that dates back as early as the 1920s to 1984. They will be presented along the spectacular 3.5km Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, the thoroughfare that encircles Downtown Dubai.
The annual feat will feature various brands of classic cars, from Corvette Sting Rays to Bentleys and Rolls Royce, many of which are being flown in from the GCC, as well as the wider Middle East, Europe, and the US.
Due to popular demand, the 2013 edition was expanded to five days from three, and featured the largest line-up to date with 212 automobiles and nine motorbikes. Seventeen owners were presented with an array of awards ranging from Pre-World War II to Micro Car awards.
Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties PJSC, said: “The Emirates Classic Car Festival is one of the most-awaited events that attracts residents and overseas visitors, offering them the opportunity to view an unmatched collection of classic cars and motorbikes. Highlighting Downtown Dubai as the must-visit destination for unparalleled lifestyle events, the Festival will delight classic car lovers with several captivating models that not only narrate the evolution of the automotive industry but also spellbind them with their design and aesthetics.”
Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of Automobile Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates (ATCUAE), the official representative of the 'Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), the world-wide authority for historic vehicles, said: “The Emirates Classic Car Festival is a fitting testament to our efforts to promote the passion and dedication of classic car owners towards their vehicles to a wider audience. The festival demonstrates the bond that man forms with machines that have weathered the test of time. ”
Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Director, Department of Coordination & Social Initiatives of the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development, said: “A community-minded event, the Emirates Classic Car Festival truly embodies our philosophy of creating platforms that promote knowledge exchange among the people of the UAE, especially about classic cars that highlight the evolution of the industry.”
The Emirates Classic Car Festival is held in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth, & Community Development, and ATCUAE, and is considered one of the most-awaited events in Dubai’s calendar.
The opening ceremony of the Emirates Classic Car Festival will be held in front of The Palace Downtown Dubai, on February 27, at 2pm, while the Awards ceremony will be held in front of Emaar Pavilion, on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, on March 1, at 3:30pm.
Most recently Emaar took its passion for the industry even further by forging ties with the Lotus F1® Team, extending its reach as the team’s ‘Official Partner.’
A thriving destination, Downtown Dubai is also home to some of the most popular festivities that demonstrate the city’s capability to execute large-scale events, such as the celebrations of UAE’s right to host the World Expo 2020; the New Year’s Eve Gala Celebrations; The Parade – UAE National Day; and the Dubai Festival of Lights. www.mydowntowndubai.com